An Interview with Eric Foner

Brief but blunt and refreshing, this interview in TheAtlantic.com with Eric Foner talks about teaching history effectively.  Here’s my favorite section (bold at the end is mine): Do you have other specific advice for what teachers can do to more effectively instruct history students? The first thing I would say is that we have to…

Advertisement

Keeping the Wolf from the Door

Who knew Ken Burns was as good on camera as he is behind it? “We have to keep the wolf from the door. We tell stories to continue ourselves. We all think an exception is going to be made in our case and we’re going to live forever.  And being a human is actually arriving…

Anniversary of War of the Worlds

Happy Halloween! I love this article on Slate from Jefferson Pooley (associate professor of media and communication at Muhlenberg College) and Michael Socolow (associate professor of communication and journalist at the University of Maine) who recently published the book War of the Worlds to Social Media. I haven’t read it, but the article makes me…

History Relevance Campaign

I saw this announcement about a new group of folks who are interested in re-branding history so that it once again becomes an unquestionably valued part of our education and lifestyles and thought I would share.